Devon is famous for many things; glorious views, great beaches, delicious food, and the locals’ love of beer, ale, and anything in between. As well as our passion for drink, the rest of the country has slowly been catching up and encouraging the growth of independent breweries.
Whilst the big breweries do make some tasty drinks, Devon’s breweries are creating some of the best ales, beers, and ciders around. Knowing that our social media followers like a drink as much as we do, we asked them for their suggestions of the best local breweries in the county. Here is what they came up with.
The Totnes Brewing Co.
Since 2014 this small family run brewery has been creating some fantastic beers, all with very creative and interesting names. Why not try a pint of Imperial Nob? Or maybe a taste of Ziggy’s Chin? Visit their bar for expert advice and find your perfect beer.
Cider is the next best thing to beer, and the creations by Winkleigh Cider will make you feel like it’s a warm summer’s day. The company dates all the way back to 1916, and they now ship their drinks around the world.
With almost 10 years of brewing under their belt, Hunters Brewery certainly know a thing or two about creating some fantastic ales. They still use traditional methods alongside locally-sourced ingredients to create cask and bottled ales.
Beers by Post
Okay so technically not a brewery, but Beers by Post bring together the best local beers and ciders. Founder Steve has 12 years of industry expertise, so knows exactly which drinks deserve your attention. Send a gift or subscribe to monthly a collection.
Although founded in 1998, Clearwater Brewery and its beers received a makeover in 2009 and are now one of the best ale producers in the county. Found in South West pubs, real ale festivals, and even online, their ales are definitely ones to try.
If you’re a vegan who loves ale, then these are the beers for you! With a focus on all things local, Holsworthy Ales have won several awards including a Silver Award in the Champion Beer of Britain South West Regional Competition 2015.
South Hams Brewery
Originally known as Sutton Brewing, South Hams Brewery have been making the most of their large site since 2003. They have plenty of long standing classics, but also love to create seasonal ales so keep an eye out for the spring special Hopnosis!
This brewery has an interesting story, and is old but also new! Back in 2011 John Tiner moved to Hope Cove from Surrey and learnt that the local brewery needed saving – so he did just that! Trading began in September 2016, and a new brewery is due to open in May this year.
The Exeter Brewery
Previously known as Topsham and Exminster Brewery, this fast-expanding brewery is a hit with the local. Their bar is open every Thursday evening and they also host monthly curry nights and other food. Local beer and food? What could be better!
It’s one of the biggest, but also one of the best. Dartmoor Brewery produces over 2.5million pints per year, and there’s a reason why it is so popular. The brewery has been winning awards since 1995, and there’s no sign of them slowing down any time soon.